First Team

Craig: Team passed test of character

29th September 2018

Craig Levein was delighted that his side repaid his show of faith with a 2-1 win over St Johnstone today.

The Gorgie gaffer stuck with the same starting XI that won an epic Betfred Cup tie against Motherwell in midweek, despite reservations about tiredness creeping in.

That wasn’t to be the case, however, as goals from Peter Haring and Jimmy Dunne sealed another Tynecastle win, with former Hearts man Ross Callachan pulling one back for the Perth Saints.

Craig admits his unbeaten team could’ve made life easier for themselves but admits that if that’s all he’s got to complain about, then things aren’t going too badly.

“This was the game I was worried about at the end of a tough week,” he said. “We went with the same team and there’s always the worry they won’t have the same energy.

“It was tough but we made it tough for ourselves by missing so many chances. We could have made it easier for ourselves if we’d been a bit more accurate in our finishing.

“They made us work for it. They’ve got more pace than they have done for a while, and they did make it tough for us.

“I’d much rather be standing in the dugout taking all our chances, making it an enjoyable afternoon but their goal made it more tense than it needed to be, but it’s a passing of a test of character, and a different way to win at the end of a tricky week.

“When we move the ball quickly, and we involve the two Stevens, Peter Haring and Olly Lee, we can move the ball really slickly around the final third.

“My biggest bugbear today is that we created loads of chances, but never finished them off. If that’s the most I have to complain about, though, then it’s not so bad.”